Interim Director, Public Affairs - Kate Wattum
Lifelong Alaskan and University of Alaska alumna Kathleen Wattum was named interim public affairs director for the University of Alaska System by Vice President for University Relations Carla Beam in 2012.
Wattum, 49, previously served as web information coordinator for the public affairs office. She has 22 years of experience at the University of Alaska in public relations, communications and marketing. She has also served as adjunct faculty teaching web design.
Wattum was born and raised in Palmer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alaska and an Associate of Arts degree in commercial art from Colorado Mountain College. She and her partner have three children; a son, a UA Scholar attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and twin daughters attending West Valley High School.